WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Britney Spears is accusing her father of “conservatorship abuse” and wants to press charges against him.
- The singer said she lived with severe limitations set by his father under the conservatorship for 13 years.
- Britney admitted that she never talked about the issue openly because she thought people would not believe her.
Britney Spears wants his dad investigated for “conservatorship abuse”, she told a Los Angeles County judge on Wednesday.
Through the phone, Britney told Judge Brenda Penny during the court hearing that she would like to press formal charges against her dad for “conservatorship abuse,” CNN reported.
“I want to press charges against my father today,” the 39-year-old singer said.
Britney alleged that she lived with severe limitations like being forbidden to drink coffee, and working 70 hours per week, which made her extremely scared of her father. “If this is not abuse, I don’t know what is,” she said, according to the outlet. “Their goal was to make me feel crazy and I’m not,” she added. “And that’s not OK.”
After giving her testimony, Britney was allowed to hire Mathew Rosengart to represent her in the conservatorship battle. Rosengart’s firm has previously represented personalities like Steven Spielberg and Ben Affleck.
Jamie Spears’ legal team is yet to respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
During the June 23rd hearing, Britney made it clear she wanted to end the 13 years of conservatorship she’s been under, without an external evaluation. She said it was the main reason she went to court.
“I shouldn’t be in a conservatorship if I can work and provide for myself and pay other people. It makes no sense. The laws need to change. I’ve worked since I was 17 years old,” she told the court at the time.
It was the first time the singer publicly spoke about her conservatorship that took effect in 2008 after she displayed troubling behavior.
After the hearing, Britney’s previous court-appointed lawyer, as well as her longtime manager, resigned. Her conservators’ lawyers also did not question her during the hearing.
The singer admitted that she never talked about it openly because she thought people would not believe her. “I’m not lying. I just want my life back. It’s been 13 years, and it’s been enough. I want to be able to be heard. I’ve kept this in for so long – it’s not good for my heart,” said Britney.
Britney has two sons with ex-husband Kevin Federline – Sean Preston, 15, and Jayden James, 14.